Frito Pie Recipe
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Frito Pie Recipe

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Frito pie is legendary in the Southwest for being spicy, salty and cheesy fabulous. Here’s my easy take on this crunchy classic. —Jan Moon, Alamogordo, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) Ranch Style beans (pinto beans in seasoned tomato sauce)
  • 1 package (9-3/4 ounces) Fritos corn chips
  • 2 cans (10 ounces each) enchilada sauce
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • Thinly sliced green onions, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until beef is no longer pink and onion is tender, breaking up beef into crumbles; drain. Stir in beans; heat through.
  2. Reserve 1 cup corn chips for topping. Place remaining corn chips in a greased 13x9-in. baking dish. Layer with meat mixture, enchilada sauce and cheese; top with reserved chips.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until cheese is melted. If desired, sprinkle with green onions. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Frito Pie in Simple & Delicious April/May 2015

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toolbarsco User ID: 6725667 263483
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2017

"I was able to find the ranch beans amazingly enough. This is an easy recipe to make and the gang loved it. I agree that 2 cans of sauce is too much. What really made this recipe was all the stuff we garnished with. It's not the most healthy so I guess I'd reserve it for emergencies (who can keep Fritos around though??!!) or if I needed to feed a bunch of guys or teenagers."

Alana.Doss User ID: 8314694 254835
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2016

"I couldn't find Ranch Beans, so I used chili Beans. Two cans of enchilada sauce was too much. It was very soupy. Would have been better as a dip, without the fritos on the bottom of the pan. Definitely not a main meal dish for my house."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 248228
Reviewed May. 14, 2016

"I loved how quick and easy this dish was to put together. Very tasteful as well. The whole family really enjoyed it."

retired chris User ID: 5879450 246872
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2016

"Just made this yesterday, and it was quick and easy, but needs a bit more "zip" for us. I will definitely make this again, but I'll add some taco seasoning to the meat mixture, as well as those chili beans (thank you for the idea, teach71!) My husband is a Fritos lover, so this is a perfect dish!"

Queenlalisa User ID: 15400 246254
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2016

"I was looking for something to use up some hamburger meat. I had everything. I am glad I tried it. It was so easy a really flavorful."

teach71 User ID: 6024199 230224
Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"Made this tonight. I used one can of beans as two seemed like too much. One was perfect for us. I couldn't find ranch beans so I used Bush's chili beans (tasted good). I spiced it up a bit with cayenne pepper and some garlic. I was skeptical about using two cans of enchilada sauce because it seemed like it would turn out too soupy but it didn't. It firmed up as it cooled down. Served with sour cream and green onions. It was tasty. I like the saltiness that the Fritos added. Wasn't too overpowering. You don't need to add any salt. Overall a pretty decent and easy recipe."

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